An interdisciplinary ecologist with a love of all things aquatic and slightly slimy. She's fascinated with exploring how the pieces of our intricate social and ecological systems can move together in concert, and strives for collaboration, compassion, and doing what she can to further sustainability. She is motivated by the amazing complexity of life, and our communal power to create solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
Fueled by an adventurous childhood spent scampering around archaeological excavations in the Middle East, Dina dove into the living world. She lassoed a BA in Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, then worked internationally at a marine ecology laboratory. After five years coordinating and leading courses for the field biology program at Harvard's Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, she headed to graduate school to explore community-based natural resource management.
Dina earned an MS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a certificate in Tropical Conservation and Development from the University of Florida, working with marine protected area stakeholders in the Bahamas. She then completed a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology (with a concentration in Fisheries and Aquatic Science) through the NSF IGERT program on Adaptive Management of Water and Watersheds. At Ocean Science Trust, she draws on this training and experience to help inform marine protected area monitoring programs and coastal adaptive management.
While definitely not a ballerina, she enjoys the nimble dance of navigating the the scientific and human dimensions of management challenges.